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WTTW Kids Great Food Fan Van

FREE  

The WTTW Kids Great Food Fan Van educates parents and children about proper nutrition and delivers that message in a fun, interactive, two-hour performance that includes stretching, dancing, singing, healthy food sampling, and one-on-one nutritional guidance and education.  Each performance is lead by Miss Lori of Miss Lori’s CAMPUS and WTTW’s Mr. Brandon. Plus, an appearance and photo op with Arthur. Each event takes place within the "WTTW Kids Village" which has a stage area, sampling canopies, and a learning tent.

When: Check website for schedule.
Cost: Free

Shapes of Nature

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Use shape viewers to search for triangle trees, heart shaped leaves, and square stems, and discover the kind of nature scene collage can you make using basic shapes.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Outdoor Art

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Famous artists Monet, van Gogh and Georgia O'Keefe were all inspired by nature.  Look at pictures of famous nature art, and make your own water-lily masterpiece to take home.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. daily
Cost: Free with admission

Grunsfeld Children’s Growing Garden Family Drop-in Activities

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Get close to nature and discover where food comes from with activities. Learn about plant parts, the life of a bee, different types of seeds, how to plant a rainbow garden, worm composting and more.

When: Noon-4 p.m. weekdays; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends
Cost: Free, $20 parking

Summer Fireworks

Navy Pier | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

The spectacle is choreographed to music and produced by award-winning Melrose Pyrotechnics. Watch from a lakefront boat cruise, Navy Pier’s South Dock or one of the Ferris wheel gondolas.

When: 9:30 p.m. Wednesday; 10:15 p.m. Saturday
Cost: Free

Garden Buddies

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

This program teaches children about seeds, weeds, worms, fruits, vegetables and the
joy of digging in the earth and helping things grow. Master gardeners from Chicago Botanic Garden and other local horticultural institutions will lead sessions. In June, kids will learn to match herbs by their scents, while July will focus on insects and pollination and August will be a time to measure plant growth.

When: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free with admission

Fitness for All

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

A series of events focused on getting and staying healthy through practicing physical activity and gross motor skills for children and their parents alike. kids can choose from a variety of fun and fit events including Bubble Extravaganza!, Yoga in the Park and Jump, Jump, Jump.

When: 10:30 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free with admission

Organic Garden

Westfield Old Orchard | Skokie, Ill.

FREE  

Kids can plant, weed, water and more in the garden, maintained by The Organic Gardener, a Glencoe-based organization, who will also offer special activities every Tuesday and Saturday (2-3 p.m.). Activities include crafting seed packets, edible necklaces, and window greenhouses.

When: 2-3 p.m.
Cost: Free

Grant Park Music Festival

Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Grant Park Music Festival presents more than 20 concerts between June 11 and August 16. Visit website for concert schedule and information.

Cost: Free

Theatre-Hikes

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

In August, follow a day in the life of Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” Low-impact hikes suitable for strollers, walkers and wheelchairs take place on Aug. 3. Each performance lasts approximately three hours. Wear comfortable shoes, weather-appropriate clothing and bring a chair or blanket, water bottle and insect repellent.

When: 1-3:30 p.m. weekends
Cost: $20, $10 kids; $10 members, $5 member kids
 







 
 
 
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